Democracy Summer 2010 Category

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Joyce Booth, Greenville

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Joyce Booth, Greenville

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Joyce Booth is the youngest of six children and a native of Washington, North Carolina. She attended and graduated from Washington High School. She stayed very active in sports and multi-cultural organizations during the 3 1/2 years it took her to complete high school.Throughout her youth she was engrossed in civic organizations such as 4-H and the Youth and College Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

After working as NC Senate Page, she decided to further her education in Greensboro, NC and attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There, she is in the midst of obtaining a BA in Political Science. As an undergraduate she is very involved on campus, but after finding a lack of a minority voice on campus she decided to establish the Black Student Union organization, which is entering its second year. Upon graduation she will be entering the AmeriCorps program to travel the country and gain training as an organizer!

In her leisure time Joyce enjoys cooking, shopping, and becoming a budding wine connoisseur.

Alannah Garcia, Charlotte

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Alannah Garcia, Charlotte

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Alannah Garcia, daughter of Edward and Valerie Garcia, was raised in Cary, North Carolina. The third of four children, she attended Green Hope High School and was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team as well as the Green Hope High School marching band.

After graduating with honors, she enrolled in East Carolina University pursuing majors in international studies and cultural anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She continues to play lacrosse for East Carolina and is currently a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Alannah hopes to attend Georgetown University’s school of Foreign Service to complete her master’s degree in international affairs. Alannah enjoys photography, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.

Ray Robinson, Winston-Salem

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Ray Robinson, Winston-Salem

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In 2006 Ray Robinson graduated from North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After which Robinson relocated to Elizabeth City, North Carolina to attend Elizabeth City State University. In 2010 he received his BA in Political Science from Elizabeth City State University, where he minored in public administration. In his time there Robinson was a community organizer for a number of political campaigns and local non-profit organization.
His main areas of expertise have been community development, community organizing and non-profit management. This includes organization fundraising and coalition building. in 2009 he established a scholarship through ECSU foundation, raising 10,000 dollars for students. Robinson has also served as Finance Manager for the Universities Student Activities Community.

During his undergraduate matriculation, Robinson served as Senior Class President, Student Senate member, and Chairman of the George W. Edmonds Scholarship for Achievement. He is currently active in the community, as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and local mentoring programs.

Jabari Blackmon, Durham

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Jabari Blackmon, Durham

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Jabari Blackmon is a rising senior at North Carolina Central University, where he is a candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. At N.C. Central, Blackmon is a University Honors Student and serves as the Senior Political Correspondent for the Campus Echo Newspaper.

Blackmon – originally from Ohio – grew up in Durham, attended Neal Middle School, Durham School of the Arts and graduated from Southern High School in 2005.

An avid politico, Blackmon interned for Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) on Capitol Hill and also for the Congressman’s reelection campaign in 2008. He is also a former staff member in the office of N.C. House Member Representative Larry D. Hall (D-29) in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Additionally, Blackmon is an active member of the Democratic Party, having served as the National Vice President of the Black Caucus for the College Democrats of America from 2008-2009.

Amanda Ellis, Fayetteville

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Amanda Ellis, Fayetteville

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Amanda Ellis, daughter of Lyda Ellis was raised in Raeford, North Carolina. During her time at Hoke County High School, Amanda participated in National Honor Society , the Beta Club, Ladies of Total Image and the Hoke County High School Marching Bucks Band.

Amanda is now in her junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she always displays her Tarheel pride through her work with the UNC-Chapel Hill branch of the NAACP. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Amanda double majors in philosophy and religious studies with special interest towards metaphysics and contemporary Islamic culture. After graduating in 2012, she plans to join the Peace Corps as a community developer.

An-Que’ “Nicole” Cunnigan, Fayetteville

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

An-Que’ Cunnigan, daughter of Bridgette Cunnigan and Jerome Boyd Jr., was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas she attended Palo Verde High School, where she participated in many organizations such as the Debate Club, Varsity Cheerleading, and Student Government Association.

An-Que’ decided to further her education by attending Winston-Salem State University where she represents “Ram Love”, wherever she’s present. An-Que’ is a Political Science major and a senior this year that will be graduating December 17, 2010. She was very active in college being in clubs such as Political Science Club, Pre-Law Society, and Model United Nations Club where she always challenged her colleagues to push for civic justice.

She aspires to obtain her masters in Information Systems and become an Intelligence Officer for the FBI.

In the summertime, when the weather is HOT!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Well it’s a good thing I’m living on the lake here in Denver outside of Charlotte since this hot weather has been relentless! I moved in on Sunday and had a couple days to soak up the sun before hitting our downtown office in Charlotte.. or is it uptown? I’m all confused on that score. Anyways, Erica and I met Robert at the office to start our first day. We have a really great set up off S. Mint St. but it seemed like nothing could go right on that first day. As we ALL know, phonebanking is a three hour process, two times a week. We were in a room full of computers that had no Microsoft software so we couldn’t open the phonbanking lists on any computer, save one. Not to mention there is no wireless internet so we couldn’t use laptops. Then the phones we were supposed to be using didn’t show up so we had to use our cell phones. This might not sound like a predicament but by the time two hours of phone-talking rolled around, our phones were dying and we had no chargers! At this point the three of us couldn’t help but laugh. Let me just say that if anyone needs state senator Martin Nesbitt’s number or e-mail, I know it by heart.

Erica and I started planning our public event which we have scheduled for July 24th. Our idea is to host a meeting which consists of the Student Government Association (SGA) of Johnson C. Smith University (Of which Erica is the president!), Queens Univeristy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnson and Wales University, Central Piedmont Community College, and Davidson College. The goal is to try to unify these colleges to stabilize a plan for the fall GOTV. We would have our meeting with three or so people from each SGA and then develop a plan for each college to get their students involved whether its by Rides to the Polls, a March to the Polls, etc. At the end of this meeting, we would film a PSA with all the SGA’s of each school using the slogan “Can you hear US now? Vote 2010.” Hopefully, we will succeed in getting some of these colleges together but worst case scenario we will at least gain a little perspective on the community and youth voters. There is still a lot more work to do! We are now preparing to speak on June 17th at the Apartment Association of North Carolina to the Board of Directors there. This is a huge opportunity for me and Erica to gain support and permission to work on GOTV in different rental housing areas; the catch: we have all of seven minutes to make the pitch. Wish us luck!

Alannah– Charlotte

And the Work Begins!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

And the work begins…!

Democracy Summer is no joke! But don’t get me wrong… it’s fun!

The first day of the internship was ridiculously crazy. We came in at 1pm since it was a phone banking day (which Alannah & were completely dreading!) and we got straight to work (or at least we tried to!). Alannah and I set down with Robert to figure out what was going to be our big event for the summer. After about an hour of brainstorming we came up with an idea that we absolutely love!

The goal is to unify the Charlotte college community to increase the youth voter turnout for the state elections this November. In order to achieve this, we have contacted Student Government Associations at Johnson C. Smith University, Davidson College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, Queens University, and Johnson and Wales University. Since I’m the SGA President at JCSU, it’s definitely helped me with contacting the SGA boards.

So the next step that day… phone banking.

I don’t know what was wrong with the computers, but it took forever to pull up our phone list and get a system going. When we felt that we could FINALLY start, Robert accidently unplugged the computers. Imagine our faces! Then when it was time to make the first phone call, Alannah got hung up on! Right then and there we realized that phone banking was not going to be our favorite aspect of this internship!

The rest of the week flew by. Phone banking. One on ones. Planning. Emailing. Phone calls. Research. We’ve been busy, but Alannah and I are truly enjoying it.

My favorite part of the week? Realizing that I’m going in the right direction on this LONG journey to my dreams.

Well last week the work began… And now it continues.

Signing out and until next time!

Much love, peace, & happiness <3


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